DIY: T Shirt Printing with Inkodye

DIY: T Shirt Printing with Inkodye

As far back as 15-year-old me succumbed to Warhol's Silver Factory, I've cherished screen printing — or if nothing else the possibility of it. Regardless of my yearning to epitomize Andy's cool, I didn't get the opportunity to attempt my submit the procedure until the point when I was a first-year recruit in school. A significant long hold up, however a sensible one. What number of young people have assets or self-control to make a darkroom situation, manage emulsion, printing film, control washing screens and the various delights that joined the procedure?

In my first post-school flat, I was resolved to construct my own screen-printing setup. It required investment, control instruments, and a ton of covering breaks of light in storm cellar storage space with channel tape, yet I did it (much appreciated, Dad!) Still, the procedure was dreary, also expensive, particularly for the little runs I made arrangements for generally extends. Albeit some claim to have fortunes with make store screen-printing machines, the speculation has never appeared to be justified regardless of the hazard. I feel as if I've heard only adverse things about them from individuals who make their own set-up. Two unique condos and no dim room later despite everything I haven't made sense of it.

Enter Inkodye. Lumi's Photo Printing unit uses Inkodye, film and the sun to make pictures similar to the cyanotype pack I had as a child (much obliged, Mom!) If you weren't sufficiently fortunate to have one of those packs as a youngster, I'll brief you on the procedure: Get the sun-touchy paper wet, make an outline utilizing articles or film, secure with plexiglass so the items don't overwhelm, and set it in the sun.

The way toward printing a shirt utilizing Lumi's items is a touch more muddled than that, yet universes far from the unpredictability of screen-printing — particularly on the off chance that you need to make few prints. The set-up cost is additionally similarly insignificant, and you're probably going to possess a great deal of the provisions as of now.


Lumi Inkofilm


White or light-hued shirt

Foam core or Lumi "extend board"

Painters tape

Paper towels


A photograph or delineation you'd get a kick out of the chance to print


In the event that you purchase Lumi's Photo Printing pack, you'll approach a video instructional exercise on Creative Bug that clarifies the procedure in detail. I exceedingly suggest taking this course. The accompanying strides will walk you through my experience of the procedure, yet it won't coordinate the level of detail and aptitude in the Lumi instructional exercise.

Preparing your picture

You'll have to do some prep work utilizing either Photoshop or Lumi's online manager before you're prepared to print your film. The essential thought is to make a highly contrasting high difference negative rendition of whatever you mean to print.

Printing your film

In case you're utilizing Lumi's inkjet printer film, they suggest bending over your film for a wealthier dark. I printed my picture onto two bits of Inkofilm and secured the edges with scotch tape. You can see beneath how much better the picture on the privilege with two layers of film hinders the light.

Preparing your custom t shirt

This progression is simple: If you'd like harsh edges around your print, you can basically embed the venture board or froth center and proceed onward to step four. On the off chance that you'd like clean edges or no edges, you'll have to tape off the region you in which you'd like the picture contained utilizing blue painters tape.

Adding ink and securing your film

Spread your inkodye onto the zone you'd get a kick out of the chance to print in a dull room — if daylight hits the ink, it can begin to create shading. I utilized a red Inkodye snap pack, which pops open in the back when you twist it into equal parts. You can likewise utilize the bundling to spread the ink, which I discovered super supportive. Once the texture is immersed, smudge the abundance with a paper towel (you don't need and globs of ink or an uneven surface). At that point press your film onto the surface, reaching. You can see a slight obscure on the left edge of my outline where the film didn't reach the texture. Secure with push pins into the venture board.

Bring on the sun!

Presently it's the ideal opportunity for the fun part: Bring your venture out into the sun! The time and shadiness of the day will influence the measure of the time it takes for your ink to create. I set my venture out at around 2 p.m. on a sunny day and left it to sit for around 20 minutes to energetic pink I needed. I prescribe looking under the film to twofold check once you believe you're finished.


After you have accomplished the level of shading you'd like, bring your shirt inside and evacuate the push sticks, tape, and film in a dull room. The Inkodye can keep on developing now, so be mindful so as not to open it to the extra sun once you've expelled your film. At that point, wash your shirt with Inkowash cleanser to stop the advancement procedure. Lumi prescribes you do this procedure twice to keep up most extreme dynamic quality, however, I just finished the procedure once on the grounds that I enjoyed the washed-out vintage-y look this printmaking procedure made.

In Last

In spite of the fact that I'm truly content with how my shirt turned out, I don't think Inkodye is a substitution for screen printing for me. Despite the fact that I utilized the suggested two layers of film, the light was as yet ready to get past the dark and uncover the ink marginally around my plan. For photos or certain representations, I think this could be a genuine advantage. Be that as it may, I couldn't make the fresh, idealize poppy feel of a screen print utilizing this strategy. The procedure is additionally rather time-and-work escalated to make a solitary shirt.

In any case, the advantages are many: It's simple, generally shoddy and above all, achievable. For the at-home printmaker, Inkodye is an incredible option for printing materials on a miniaturized scale but if you need in bulk then you should contact with any professional company as my suggestions are with

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